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Short Stories and Novellas

The Key to “what is not yours is not yours”, Helen Oyeyemi’s Short Story Collection.

Ever have a dream where the farther you go the farther you have to go? Puddle Jumper Buy on Amazon Usually, I am not a fan of any literature that tries too hard, so reading Helen Oyeyemi’s What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, a collection of short stories, is something I usually would not …

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If you like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Matilda”, try Roald Dahl’s Short Stories…for Adults!

Roald Dahl as an author for adults When I was growing up in the 1970’s, as far as I knew, Roald Dahl had written two books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.  That’s it.  We didn’t have the Internet then, of course, and those are the only two of Dahl’s …

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Almost short stories in Megan Mayhew Bergman’s “Almost Famous Women”

Don’t know if you want fiction or nonfiction?? Almost Famous Women is a unusual collection that checks both boxes. Officially, it is a short story collection, but the entries could also be considered extra creative creative nonfiction. The stories are all based on real women: some of them, “almost famous” in their own right, and …

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Almost short stories in Megan Mayhew Bergman’s “Almost Famous Women”

Don’t know if you want fiction or nonfiction?? Almost Famous Women is a unusual collection that checks both boxes. Officially, it is a short story collection, but the entries could also be considered extra creative creative nonfiction. The stories are all based on real women: some of them, “almost famous” in their own right, and …

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Barbara Kingsolver’s Short Stories: Keeping It Together by Keeping It Hidden

Barbara Kingsolver does not limit herself when it comes to settings. In that way, she is quintessentially, and unusually, American. In my quest to read more short stories, I unearthed Barbara Kingsolver’s one short story collection, which was published in 1989.  Thirty years ago, if you can believe it.  Many fiction authors begin with short …

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Barbara Kingsolver’s Short Stories: Keeping It Together by Keeping It Hidden

Barbara Kingsolver does not limit herself when it comes to settings. In that way, she is quintessentially, and unusually, American. In my quest to read more short stories, I unearthed Barbara Kingsolver’s one short story collection, which was published in 1989.  Thirty years ago, if you can believe it.  Many fiction authors begin with short …

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Ron Rash’s view of the Smokies in North Carolina from “Serena” and his short stories

Ron Rash’s Short Stories I recently started reading Ron Rash’s short stories about western North Carolina, and I was recently drawn to them because of the unique perspective they convey.  Rash manages to make the reader feel the harshness of the Smoky Mountain region without allowing it to irrevocably mark all of his characters.  Not …

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Bobbie Ann Mason: An authentic voice from western Kentucky

Bobbie Ann Mason’s work focuses on a corner of the United States that you might never have though much about, unless you are from there: Western Kentucky. If you are Southern, it will probably resonate with you a bit. Same if you are from the mountains. But if you are American, you know that there …

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Are short stories still too long for you? Have you tried “short short stories” aka “flash fiction”?

“Flash fiction”, “micro fiction”, “short short stories”: Depending on the source, these terms all have both general and specific definitions, but the main idea is that the story is a story, but is also extremely short: sometimes a few words or a sentence, sometimes a paragraph or even a page or two. The length can …

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